Peter MacIntosh Wilson

b. 4 October 1882, d. 28 August 1967

Peter MacIntosh Wilson, 1882-1967
  • Peter MacIntosh Wilson was born on 4 October 1882 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, at 341 Virginia Street.
  • He was known as and his first cousin of the same name was known as Mac.
  • Robert Thomas Wilson and Margaret Adams appeared in the New York state census of 16 February 1892 in Boston, Erie County, New York. Other members of the household included Peter MacIntosh Wilson, Margaret L. Wilson, Hugh Wilson and Agnes V. Wilson. Also in the household was Archie Walker, age 17.
  • Robert Thomas Wilson appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Newfane, Niagara County, New York. Other members of the household included Peter MacIntosh Wilson, Margaret L. Wilson, Hugh Wilson, Agnes V. Wilson, James L. Wilson and Roberta Wilson.
  • He was an unemployed farm hand, according to the 1900 census.
  • Pete Wilson was photographed during an encounter with some chickens, likely at his father's place.
    Pete Wilson encounters some chickens
  • The following appeared on 9 June 1903 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Announcement is made of the approaching wedding of Miss Louise Hayes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hayes of Niagara Falls Center, Ont., to Mr. Peter M. Wilson, the wedding to take place on Wedensday, June 24th.
  • He married Louise Hayes, daughter of Henry Hayes and Johanna Brassel, on 24 June 1903 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 751 8th Street, at the residence of Louise's sister Jennie Gorman.
  • The following appeared on 26 June 1903 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: The wedding of Miss Louisa Hayes and Mr. Peter M. Wilson of Buffalo took place at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. J. Gorman, No. 751 Eighth Street, at 8:30 Wednesday evening. It was a very pretty affair, the house being handsomely decorated with smilax and potted plants. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. William Barrows, president of De Veaux College, who used the impressive English Services. Miss Maud Wilson a sister of the groom, was the bridesmaid, and Mr. Harry Hayes, brother of the bride, acted as best man. The bride wore a gown of champagne colored crepe de chene trimmed with Cluny lace. The bridesmaid wore a brown batiste over green taffeta, lace trimmings. The bridal procession came down the front stairway and was med at the arch of greens by the bride's brother[-in-law], Mr. Wright, who gave her away. An elaborate wedding feast followed the ceremony. The happy couple left at 9:15 for a trip to the Thousand Islands. They will be at home after July 10 at No. 751 Eighth Street.
  • Niece Dorothy Gorman lived with Pete and Louise Wilson while her widowed mother worked away from home.
    Pete Wilson and niece Dorothy Gorman, about 1903
  • Peter MacIntosh Wilson appeared in the 1905 Niagara Falls, New York, City Directory at 1810 Walnut Avenue employed at the Alkali Works. Also listed at this address is his sister-in-law, Jennie Gorman..
  • Peter MacIntosh Wilson appeared in the New York state census of 1 June 1905 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 330 7th Street boarding in the household of R. J. Brown.. His wife Louise has yet to be found in the 1905 census.
  • He was employed as a laboratory worker, according to the 1905 census.
  • On a postcard postmarked 30 August 1907, "Souvenir of Olcott Beach," addressed to Mrs. Jennie Gorman, Youngstown, N.Y. (c/o Mr. F. M. Woolworth), Louise Wilson wrote:
         Dear Sister -- What do you think of this. hope you are feeling better. are having a grand time. all well, with love, Lou & Pete.
    Pete and Louise Wilson, Olcott Beach 1907
    Pete and Louise Wilson, Olcott Beach 1907
    Pete and Louise (far right) Wilson, Olcott Beach 1907
  • In 1907, Jean Craig Wilson wrote to Peter MacIntosh Wilson: My dear Peter; Surely you will be surprised to hear from me at this time, and you will wonder, too, what my message is. Perhaps you will be still more surprised, when you learn my message. . .
  • Peter MacIntosh Wilson and Louise Hayes appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 525 Ninth Street. Other members of the household included Dorothy Edna Gorman.
  • He was a general laborer, according to the 1910 census.
  • The following appeared on 13 September 1912 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: The home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Henry Leavens of Hoyt street, Buffalo, was the scene of a pretty wedding yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock, when their daughter, Maizie F., was married to Mr. Harold Wilson Brauer by the Reverend Raphael H. Miller of the Richmond Avenue Church of Christ. Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. Oliver, and Mr. and Mrs. Wilson of this city.
  • About 1914, Louise and Pete Wilson were photographed with daughter Carolyn relaxing at the beach.
    Louise and Pete Wilson with daughter Carolyn
  • Peter MacIntosh Wilson and Louise Hayes appeared in the New York state census of 1 June 1915 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 461 Fifth Street. Other members of the household included Carolyn Margaret Wilson and Dorothy Edna Gorman. Also in the household were two lodgers.
  • He was employed as a bleach inspector, according to the 1915 census.
  • About 1916, Louise and Pete Wilson were photographed with daughter Carolyn on their porch steps, 461 Fifth Street.
    Louise and Pete Wilson with daughter Carolyn
  • Peter MacIntosh Wilson registered for the draft on 12 September 1918 in Niagara County, New York, while living with his wife Louise at 461 Fifth Street in Niagara Falls, and employed there as a sub-foreman at the Mathieson Alkali Works on Buffalo Avenue.
  • He and Louise Hayes purchased property at 336 Seventh Street, Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, on 29 August 1919.
  • Peter, Louise and Carolyn Wilson at 461 Fifth Street in Niagara Falls apparently were overlooked in the 1920 census due to an enumerating error. Dorothy Gorman is identified as "Niece" in the household of John Connor at 463 Fifth Street. and the family of Chester Wright is enumerated at 461. The Wilsons likely still were living at 461 on 1 January 1920, since Louise's mother Johanna Hayes died there on 14 March 1919.
  • Sisters Hannah, Louise and Jennie were photographed, with other assorted family members, at the beach, sometime about 1920.
  • In October 1920, when both Pete Wilson and Elsa Vorwerk were working at the Mathieson Alkali Works in Niagara Falls, someone produced an amusing little cartoon-strip commentary on the results of the World Series office pool.
    Mathieson Alkali Works cartoon strip, October 1920
    Mathieson Alkali Works cartoon strip, October 1920
  • The following appeared on 25 May 1922 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: [Births] To Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Wilson of No. 336 Seventh street, May 23rd, a son, Robert Emerson.
  • Photographed on the back steps of the Wilson home, are Dorothy Gorman Ingraham with her husband "Red," and her uncles Pete Wilson and Harry Hayes, and cousin Eleanor Wright, about 1923.
    Pete Wilson, Dorothy and Red Ingraham, Harry Hayes & Eleanor Wright
  • Peter MacIntosh Wilson and Louise Hayes appeared in the New York state census of 1 June 1925 in Niagara Falls, New York, at 336 Seventh Street. Other members of the household included Carolyn Margaret Wilson, Robert Emerson Wilson, Dorothy Edna Gorman and Harry Hayes. Boarding in the household was Vincent DeFrancis.
  • He was employed as a welfare manager, according to the 1925 census.
  • A photographic portrait was made of little Bobby, about 1927.
  • Peter MacIntosh Wilson and Louise Hayes appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Niagara Falls, New York, at 336 Seventh Street Also living in the household was roomer Vincent DeFrances.. Other members of the household included Henry Hayes, Carolyn Margaret Wilson and Robert Emerson Wilson.
  • He was a purchasing agent for a paint company, according to the 1930 census.
  • The following appeared on 16 June 1930 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Wilson of Seventh street today announce the marriage of their daughter, Carolyn Margaret, to Harry J. Robinson of Beeville, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson will make their home in Kingsville, Texas in September.
  • The following appeared on 13 October 1936 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Wilson, of Seventh street, have returned from Atlantic City, where Mr. Wilson was a delegate to the National Safety convention.  Miss Carolyn Wilson, of Buffalo, and Peter Wilson, of McKoon avenue, accompanied them to Atlantic City. 
  • Robert Wilson's five children and his only living sibling gathered in Lockport when he and Alice visited from California during the summer of 1937.
    Robert Wilson and his family, about 1937
    Robert Wilson and his family, about 1937
  • He applied for a Social Security account number on 27 November 1938 while living at Niagara Falls, New York, and employed there by The Mathieson Alkali Works, Inc., at 2400 Buffalo Avenue.
    Peter MacIntosh Wilson, 1882-1967
  • Pete and Louise Wilson had photographic portraits made about 1940.
    Peter MacIntosh Wilson, 1882-1967
    Louise Hayes Wilson, 1878-1954
  • Peter MacIntosh Wilson and Louise Hayes appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Niagara Falls, New York, at 336 Seventh Street. Other members of the household included Robert Emerson Wilson. Also in the household was lodger Vincent DeFrancis.
  • He was employed as a superintendent at the alkali factory, according to the 1940 census.
  • The following appeared on 5 July 1941 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Wilson, of 336 Seventh street announce the marriage of their daughter, Carolyn Margaret, to Mr. Frederick Augustus Vorwerk, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Vorwerk. The ceremony was performed yesterday morning in the presence of the immediate families in St. Ambrose Chapel, Deveaux School, the Rev. Philip Wheeler Mosher, D.D., officiating. Mr. and Mrs. G. Murray Brownjohn, of Buffalo, were the attendants. Mr. and Mrs. Vorwerk will reside in Buffalo.
  • Peter MacIntosh Wilson registered for the draft on 27 April 1942 in New York while living with his wife Louise at 336 Seventh Street in Niagara Falls, and employed there at Mathieson Alkali Works Inc., Buffalo Avenue.
  • A photographic portrait was made of Pete Wilson in 1944.
    Peter MacIntosh Wilson, 1882-1967
  • During the summer of 1947, Pete and Louise Wilson visited daughter Carolyn Vorwerk and family shortly after their move from Asbury Park to "the pie stand" on Route 35 in Laurelton, where telephone had just been installed in preparation for the imminent birth of daughter Margaret. They are pictured here with granddaughter Elsa.
    Pete Wilson and granddaughter Elsa, 1947
    Louise Wilson and granddaughter Elsa, 1947
  • The following appeared on 20 October 1948 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mrs. Frederick A. Vorwerk and daughters, Elsa and Margaret, Laurelton, N.J., are the guests of Mrs Vorwerk's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Wilson, Seventh street.
  • The following appeared on 1 June 1949 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mrs. Frederick A. Vorwerk and daughters, Elsa and Margaret, Laurelton, N.J., are the guests of Mrs Vorwerk's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Wilson, Seventh street.
  • The following appeared on 2 January 1950 in the Buffalo Courier-Express: Among the visitors to Niagara Falls are Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Vorwerk, Miss Elsa Vorwerk and Miss Margot Vorwerk, who have come from Laurelton, N.J. They are guests of Mr. Vorwerk's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Vorwerk, and Miss Elsa Vorwerk in Ontario Ave. They will spend some time with Mrs. Vorwerk's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wilson, in 7th St., before returning to their home.
  • During the summer of 1950, family gathered at Zion Lutheran Church in Niagara Falls for the christening of Frederick Augustus Vorwerk Jr. Pictured are infant Frederick and his parents, Pete Wilson, Marilyn Wilson (husband Bob the photographer), Elsa Vorwerk, Elizabeth Vorwerk, Louise Wilson and Eleanor Hayworth, with young Frederick's sisters Margaret and Elsa Vorwerk in front.
  • The following appeared on 7 July 1954 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: A gross estate of $30,953.07 was left by Louise Hathaway, who died in this city last Jan. 10, according to a state tax appraisal on file today at the surrogate's office, Lockport. The net estate amounted to $28,973.27.
         The beneficiaries are a [daughter]-in-law, Julia Wilson, 833 Pierce Ave; a nephew, Peter M. Wilson, 336 Seventh St., and a son, Peter M. Wilson, 833 Pierce Ave. State tax on the estate totaled $184.72.
  • Peter MacIntosh Wilson became a widower at the 29 August 1954 death of his wife Louise Hayes.
  • The following appeared on 30 August 1954 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Mrs. Louise H. Wilson, 75, of 336 Seventh St., who died yesterday at her home.
         Born in Niagara Falls, Ont., she had been a resident of this city for 25 years.
         She is survived by her husband, Peter M. Wilson, a son, Robert E. Wilson, this city; a daughter, Mrs. Carolyn M. Vorwerk, Laurelton, N.J., and four grandchildren.
         Services will be held at the Gridley Funeral Home at 3 p.m., with the Rev. John A. Wickenden officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood [sic] Cemetery.
  • The following appeared on 25 February 1957 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: James Wilson, 73, died in Lockport Saturday (Feb. 23, 1957). 
         Mr. Wilson was born in Wilson and had been a farmer in that area most of his life.
         Surviving are a brother, Peter M. Wilson, this city, and two sisters, Mrs. Maude Oliver and Mrs. Agnes Everett, Sherrill, N. Y.
         Funeral services will be held at the Gridley Funeral Home at 9 a. m. tomorrow. The Rev. Charles C. Berryhill will officiate. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Pekin. 
  • Pete Wilson was photographed with grandsons Rob and Steve, about 1958.
    Pete Wilson with grandsons Rob and Steve
  • The following appeared on 20 October 1958 in the Rome Daily Sentinel: (Sherrill) Mrs. Maude W. Oliver, 79, of 428 Kinsley St., died Saturday morning at Oneida City Hospital, where she had been a patient since Sept. 21.
         Born in Buffalo, Sept. 1, 1879, she was the daughter of Robert and Margaret Adams Wilson. She was married about 1904 to Phillip Oliver who died 20 years ago.
         Mrs. Oliver came to Sherrill 18 years ago to make her home. She was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church and its Women's Auxiliary.
         She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Agnes Everett, Sherrill; a brother, Peter Wilson, Niagara Falls, and several nieces and nephews.
  • The following appeared on 16 September 1959 in the Rome Daily Sentinel: (Sherrill) . . . Peter Wilson, Niagara Falls, who was a guest the past week of his sister, Mrs. Agnes Everett and son, Howard, Kinsley St., has returned home.
  • A snapshot was taken of Pete Wilson with daughter Carolyn and granddaughter Elsa, in December 1965.
    Pete Wilson and daughter Carolyn and granddaughter Elsa, December 1965
  • At the time of his death, he was residing at at Niagara Falls, New York.
  • He died on 28 August 1967 at Fairport, Monroe County, New York, at age 84. At the home of his son.
  • He was interred at Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, Niagara County, New York.
  • The following appeared on circa 30 August 1967 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Peter M. Wilson, 84, died Monday (Aug. 28, 1967) at the home of his son, Robert E. Wilson of Fairport. He formerly resided at 336 Seventh st., this city.
         A native of Buffalo, Mr. Wilson was a resident of this city for over 60 years. He was employed for 50 years at the Mathieson Alkali works and was personnel manager at his retirement about 14 years ago. He was active in promoting sports activities for the Mathieson company which in 1954 merged with Olin Industries Inc. to form the Olin Mathieson Chemical Corp.
         Mr. Wilson is also survived by a daughter, Mrs. Frederick (Carolyn) Vorwerk of Laurelton, N.Y. [sic], five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
         Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Gridley Funeral Home, the Rev. John B. Toay officiating. Burial will be in Riverdale Cemetery.
  • A single grave marker identifies the graves of Peter MacIntosh Wilson and Louise Hayes.
  • Last Edited: 26 Jan 2017

Family: Louise Hayes b. 24 May 1878, d. 29 August 1954